CARSON KRESSLEY returns to Round Top for the second year as moderator of the 3rd Annual Designer Dream Spree. Carson needs no introduction…Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author are just a few of Carson’s credits. Carson’s early fame was a result of his years as the fashion expert on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where he was one of the show’s “Fab Five.” Carson was a large part of why the show garnered three Emmy nominations and one Emmy award.
Carson began his career as an independent stylist and worked with major designers including Ralph Lauren. He frequently appears on talk shows as a fashion critic/commentator including; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Wendy Williams Show, and Fashion Police. Last year Carson competed on Celebrity Apprentice, Hollywood Game Night, and Celebrity Family Feud to raise money for his favorite charities like Project Angel Food. Additionally, Carson was the fashion analyst for the Kentucky Derby and the backstage analyst along with Ashley Graham for the Miss Universe pageant. Currently, Carson is one of the key judges for VH1/Logo-TV series Emmy-Award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Carson is a strong supporter of many philanthropic causes including The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, AIDS WALK, the Al D. Rodriquez Liver Foundation and is also a trustee on the board of The True Colors Fund (with his friend, Cyndi Lauper), The American Saddle Bred Museum and Philadelphia University. Whenever Carson is not on stage or screen, he can be found astride one of his American Saddlebred show horses, with which he has achieved World Champion status.
CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD, Interiors Editor of VERANDA, is known and respected for her discerning editor's eye, love of beauty and a passion for living. Carolyn’s publishing career spans decades, mastheads and continents. She has been an editor at House Beautiful, House & Garden, and contributed to Elle Decor. Since 2000, she has held numerous roles at Veranda before becoming interiors editor. During her tenure, she has produced countless admired feature stories and memorable covers.
Carolyn spent thirteen years in Paris as a European correspondent for American design magazines. With her unique access to Europe's most celebrated designers, architects and antique dealers, she had an insider's view of extraordinary homes in Belgium, England, France, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden. Spanning a wealth of inspired interiors, from a castle outside Bruges to a fishing cottage on the French coast, she details how aesthetic choices--color, furniture, fabrics, antiques objets d'art and gardens–can be combined to express your own personal style and create spaces where family and friends share their joie de vivre in the European tradition.